Istanbul embraces two continents, one arm reaching out to
Asia the other to Europe. In the city's heart, the Bosphorus
strait, course the waters of the Black Sea, the Sea of
Marmara and the Golden Horn. The former capital of three
successive empires- Roman Byzantine and Ottoman-today
Istanbul honors and preserves the legacy of its past while
looking forward to its modern future.
major empires ruled the world from this city, the Romans,
the Byzantines and the Ottomans, and each of these left
their mark on the city, whether it can be cultural or
Modern Istanbul resembles an open-air museum, as the pages
from your history books come alive before your eyes;
wherever you turn you are faced with ancient monuments,
mosques, churches, synagogues and palaces.
is an exciting modern metropolis, preparing for the future
while still able to follow the footsteps of its past. It has
become one of the style capitals of the world with its
trendy boutiques, International restaurants and
sophisticated nightlife. It is the center of the business,
cultural and social circles of Turkey.
has scores of hotels from luxury accommodation to the
smaller more intimate hotels that still recall the days of
the Orient Express. Ancient churches, mosques and synagogues
stand side-by-side with high-tech gleaming offices,
convention centers and stadium.
Tourism increases annually at a
fast pace as the travelers and the incentive and meeting
markets discover the endless possibilities the city has to
offer as a major International destination.